Pastor Ramelia is passionate about creating environments for stimulating racial reconciliation and inner healing through the Church. She lives this out as Lead Pastor of Ninth Hour Covenant Church, a monoethnic church being replanted as a multicultural congregation. She was a preaching pastor at New Community Covenant-Bronzeville, a multiracial church plant in Chicago over the past 5 years. In her previous work as a hospital chaplain in San Diego and Chicago, she offered short-term pastoral care to families experiencing death, trauma, and loss. This work prepared her for her current ministry development of a network of spirituality groups that focus on inner healing for women who have survived physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Pastor Ramelia earned a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from North Park Theological Seminary. At the Seminary, she serves on a team of Spiritual Directors who facilitate spiritual formation groups for students. Pastor Ramelia experiences deep joy when running, hiking, riding horses or taking in breathtaking views of God’s creation.
Pastor Ramelia will be leading a workshop on Saturday at 1:55, “A Gospel Framework for Social Justice” in the Lecture Room.
Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? How long must I struggle with my thoughts? How long must my heart be sad day after day? How long will my enemies keep winning the battle over me? LORD my God, look at me and answer me. Give me new life, or I will die. Then my enemies will say, “We have beaten him.” They will be filled with joy when I die. But I trust in your faithful love. My heart is filled with joy because you will save me. I will sing to the Lord. He has been so good to me. ~Psalm 13: 1-6
This powerful Psalm resonates with so many of us because it reflects our own heart and mind. Sometimes we’re waiting for God to give us something we want, but we’re also waiting for him to take things away from us. God calls us to our own Garden of Gethsemane where we cry, pray, and wait for him to take the cup from us.
Waiting well is a challenge for all of us. How do we do it gracefully? Prayerfully? How do we sustain hope in the “oil press” of our own lives? We’re asking the same questions. Join us as we explore together—through poetry, worship, teaching, and workshops— what it means to wait expectantly with a heart full of joy.
Besides gathering women together for solid Biblical teaching, we offer smaller, more intimate groups to explore faith and creativity in a setting with hands-on experience and lively discussion. We’re so excited to announce we’ve added a new track for this gathering and the ones to follow. We want to engage culture and current events in a relevant way and respond to the responsibility we have for awareness and action. We’re launching a Social Justice track!
Here are the workshops we’re offering in November:
Searching for Home: Homelessness in the U.S.
Beth Nicholls has served at the Cornerstone Community Outreach homeless shelter for over 25 years.
Social Justice: A Biblical Framework.
Ramelia Williams: pastor, spiritual director, and activist.
Julie Johnson, director of women’s ministry at Church of the Beloved in Albany Park, Chicago, will be hosting a workshop encouraging us to make a habit of “coming in out of the wind,” as C. S. Lewis said. She will be presenting accessible ideas for navigating a daily relationship with Jesus.
Spiritual Director Kimberly Penrod Pelletier will be presenting on the topic When You Are Weary in the Waiting.
Suzanne Stewart and Colleen Davick will teach us how to make our own leather cuff bracelets.
Sara Van Alkemade will be combining the Arashi Shibori technique (Japanese pole-wrapping) with microwave dyeing, teaching us to create one-of-a-kind silk scarves.
The two art workshops require a $10 supply fee, payable online during registration.
The main reason we gather women together is to provide teaching that is biblically sound, accessible, engaging, challenging, and inspiring. We pray hard about who to invite and spend a lot of time looking for gifted local women who have wisdom, integrity, and a heart for reaching and encouraging others.
We are so excited for this lineup and know these women will bring you Gospel truth with a side of humor and draw you closer to Jesus and one another. We will be introducing each of these women in separate posts.